Isambard Kingdom Brunel
John Callcott Horsley, 1817-1903
Oil on canvas
36 in. x 27 3/4 in. (914 mm x 705 mm)
Here, Horsley was painting a portrait of his brother-in-law: Brunel had married the artist's eldest sister, Mary Elizabeth Horsley (1813-1881), in 1836.
Given by the sitter's son, Isambard Brunel, in 1895, this portrait is in the Primary Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG 979). Reproduced here by kind permission.
Image acquisition and text by Jacqueline Banerjee